Iranian luths : Tar and setar

Sogol Mirzaei

Orient | Instruments & repertories

Traditional Persian music is the result of a rich history of evolution and exchanges around what is now contemporary Iran, which makes its music one of the most refined modal forms in the world. Improvisation holds a fundamental place within it and is based on a complex system involving a great number of essential melodies that make up its repertoire, the radif. Learning this subtle art requires the integration and articulation of these melodies through practice of one or several of its instruments, as well as the numerous techniques of ornamentation that belong to them.

This class offers training in traditional Persian music through introductory or advanced practice of two of its principal instruments: the târ and setâr lutes.

Classes are open to all – from beginners through to advanced – and adapt according to the needs of the student. However it is necessary to bring your own instrument (though Sogol can offer help in acquiring one if needed).

Depending on personal preferences, the vast Persian repertoire can be approached through the oral tradition or by musical notation, as is the current practice in Iranian conservatories.


Sogol Mirzaei attracts admiration from aficionados of the radif, the traditional Persian music repertoire. Student to the master Houshang Zarif and the illustrious musicians Arshad Tahmasebi and Reza Ghassemi, Sogol completed her studies at the Tehran conservatory before deepening her knowledge of musicology theory at the Sorbonne.

In Iran, she gave numerous concerts within the famous composer Hossein Dehlavi’s orchestra, the Fâkhteh and Avin ensembles, at the Vahdat opera, at the Niavaran Palace and also at the Fadjr festival. In addition to these concerts as part of an ensemble, Sogol now gives soloist performances and captivates the audience with her mastery of technique and refined sound. Lastly, she has now been teaching the târ and setâr to Parisian lovers of Persian music for several years.

Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie
10, rue de Montbrillant - 1201 Geneva


One per month :
Saturday : 10h-20h
Monday: 10h-20h

Prochaines dates : To confirm with the professor


50 € (private lesson, 1 hour)  
100 € (private lesson, 2 hours)

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